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Bashana Kaibarta and more art by Chittaprosad

Bashana Kaibarta
10 x 14.6 inch (h x w)
E. R. Hospital Ink on paper

“All malarial,” reads Chittaprosad’s note on this sketch. Bashana Kaibarta, a widow, and her two children lie on the bed in the E.R. hospital in Bikrampur, present-day Bangladesh. Chittaprosad’s lines render the woman’s ribs painfully visible, as the severely malnourished children seek refuge from hunger in sleep.

At the time, Chittaprosad was a full-time member of the Communist Party of India, working as an artist for their publications with the encouragement of party leader, P.C. Joshi. His earlier coverage of the famine-affected districts of West Bengal had been published in the form of the book, Hungry Bengal, which had been censored by the British. Their sketches circulated mostly through Communist mouthpieces like People’s War, but they were also displayed for rural audiences by members of the Indian People’s Theatre Association.

Copyright DAG



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